Calvary, the Saints Come Marching In

“Calvary” written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Ned Kelly) is definitely worth seeing. In fact, having just finished a screenwriting class, this could be the template given to future writers showing them the ropes:

~make your main character suffer and holy Job, does Brendan Gleeson’s character suffer
~have quirky unique minor characters and by Jove, are they quirky
~have an overarching theme that gets full coverage during the resolution, violins and all

A few of the quick snippets of reviews I’ve seen, brag about Mr. Gleeson’s acting range*. To that, I feel like sniping back, “You’re just seeing it now?”, Gleeson was fantastic in In Bruges. And ignore the critic who says, the movie can’t live up to the premise set in the first five minutes, because it did and will for you.

And would someone quick, get a biopic out about the late great Ray Bradbury because M. Emmet Walsh is the spitting image of him, coincidentally playing a cantankerous author in Calvary.

Last, I will say that Chris O’Dowd is the one who shows a new range*, a far cry from the cute puppy dog policeman in Bridesmaids.

By Goldie

Aspiring writer who has retired from the institution of education. I've written plays, three of which have been performed both in Rochester NY and here in Sarasota FL. I also write stand up and obviously, film critique. My comment section does not work, so please email me your comments at

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